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[{"region":"ch","company":"Aaron & Partners Llp","website":"www.aaronandpartners.com","testimonial":"The Business Network lunches attract high quality attendees and the organisers put a great deal of effort into understanding the kind of contacts that each member is looking to make. The result is that more often than not you find yourself sitting with other members with whom there is genuine scope for you to do business with, making the experience both enjoyable and very worthwhile.\r\n\r\n","contact":"Nick Clarke","position":"Commercial Litigation Specialist","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"Pixel Assist","website":"pixelassist.co.uk ","testimonial":"I happily renewed my membership with The Business Network South Manchester yesterday hosted by Simon & Win. Why?\r\n\r\nIt's structured, director level networking which works for me and the kind of businesses I want to be introduced to.\r\n\r\nPlus there's an amazing extended network I have access to...\r\n\r\nWith a couple of contacts i have met in the group we're working on developing what will be the biggest production project of my career so far.\r\n\r\nRenewing was a bit of a no-brainer....","contact":"Ben Schmidt","position":"Owner","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/11_5984.png"},{"region":"no","company":"Infralogics Limited","website":"www.infralogics.co.uk","testimonial":"It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.","contact":"Stephen Singer","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_64.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"Monitor Creative","website":"www.monitorcreative.co.uk","testimonial":"I use business networking extensively to build new business and so I come across all types of Networking Companies. To say that Helen Bennett's Business Network stands head and shoulders above the rest is only telling it how it is. The format is excellent and relaxing which get the best out of everyone and the added bonus is Helen's personality and attention to detail. I can heartily recommend Business Network.","contact":"Moray Newberry","position":"Managing Director","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/5_1769.png"},{"region":"ch","company":"Amber Coaching for Fundraisers","website":null,"testimonial":"This network is the best I have ever attended. The combination of Hayley and Tracy brings a certain magic to the group. Tracy is a fabulous connector and Hayley a fabulous organiser. During Covid-19 the network has, dare I say it, got even better! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, netwalking and more. I know the members of the network better than before 2020 and although I can't wait to get back to lunch at The Chester Grosvenor, I hope we can continue with many of the other ways of connecting.","contact":"Julia Worthington","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Maja Kenney","website":"https:\/\/about.me\/maja.kenney","testimonial":"I can't believe it's been a year already! I have nothing but praise for the Chester Network and the hard work Tracy and Hayley put into it - it shows and I am happy to renew my membership - NOW INTO MY 10TH YEAR ! Having been a member for over 10 years says it all, the network works! It is there to create genuine connections and long term business relationships amongst the members. Not only has the network brought in new business for me, it has also been there as a support in times of change and to work out through any dilemmas. I would strongly recommend becoming a member.\r\n ","contact":"Maja Kenney","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"sb","company":"Gosschalks Solicitors","website":"www.gosschalks.co.uk","testimonial":"\"If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much \"how can I help\" rather than \"what's in it for me\". So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works\"","contact":"Ted Flanagan","position":"Partner","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/4_1006.jpg"},{"region":"no","company":"The Athena Programme","website":"www.theathenaprogramme.co.uk","testimonial":"Over the years I have been to many types of business networks including sector targeted events, however I now choose to only go to one - The Business Network Manchester. This is a coherent, friendly and excellent way to network and offers long lasting relationships. I find its an efficient use of my time and I always look forward to monthly event. Helen is always a great inspiration and ready to offer a helping hand and introductions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the network.","contact":"Sarah Carlick","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"JCM Business Solutions","website":"www.jcmbusinesssolutions.co.uk","testimonial":"\" The Business Network in South Manchester is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the SMBN.\"","contact":"Chris Moran","position":"Managing Director","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/11_5574.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Oliver and Co","website":"www.oliverandcobusiness.co.uk ","testimonial":"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging the introduction to Sue Brocklehurst of the University of Chester Academies Trust at the last Business Network lunch. Sue was genuinely surprised during the initial introductions to learn of all the services, the members on her table could offer to the Trust.\r\nSue did comment that having received a personal invitation from you inviting her to lunch, she could simply not refuse! \r\nI have subsequently emailed Sue and I am hoping that your initial introduction will turn into some real business. \r\nThank as always for your continuing support and assistance.\r\n","contact":"John Loney","position":"Solicitor","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/23_3729.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Houlbrook Physiotherapy","website":"https:\/\/www.houlbrookphysio.co.uk\/","testimonial":"I absolutely love the Business Network Chester, it is brimming with inspirational people which makes networking a dream. I always come away with new ideas from the meetings and more importantly I have a network of people to call upon when I need, who I like and trust.","contact":"Jo Houlbrook","position":"Owner","logo":null},{"region":"ex","company":"Winning Tenders Ltd","website":"www.winningtenders.co.uk","testimonial":"Joining The Business Network was one of the best moves I ever made. Through The Business Network, I have found a number of trusted suppliers and some very good customers. Not only that but the complimentary morning seminars are a valuable source of information on business trends and ideas.","contact":"Ian Smith","position":"Founder","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/1_11305.jpg"},{"region":"ch","company":"Be Your Own Guru Ltd","website":"http:\/\/www.oliviastefanino.com\/","testimonial":"The Business Network Chester is like a really good casserole. Lots of ingredients, all left to slowly cook and intermingle over a long period of time and as we all know a good casserole is always worth waiting for, and gets better and better, the longer and more slowly it is cooked.\r\n\r\nSo if you are a Fast food kind of person then we are probably not right for you. ","contact":"Olivia Stefanino","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"ch","company":"Investors In Marketing","website":"www.investors-in-marketing.co.uk","testimonial":"A great group of people led by the highly motivational Tracy, ably supported by Hayley. All business leaders need motivation, guidance, the benefit of other local expertise to help them grow. This is exactly what the Chester business network offers.","contact":"Stephen Carroll","position":"Managing Director","logo":null},{"region":"sb","company":"Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd.","website":"www.delaneymarlingpartnership.co.uk","testimonial":"As a Humber based business it\u2019s important for Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd to network with likeminded business people to extend our network and build up our brand awareness. With this in Mind we joined the South Humber Business Network in 2010 (I think) and gave it 12 months to see if it was for us. We have been members ever since. The group has allowed us to fulfil our initial goal as our network has grown and people have started to recognise our brand. More importantly the we have now picked up new suppliers and clients who we use and rely on and pass their details on to others in our network as trusted connections. The meetings are a place where we can network in a comfortable business like environment with great business people from a diverse range of local\/national business\u2019s.","contact":"Simon Delaney","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Geoff Robertshaw","website":"www.geoffrobertshaw.com","testimonial":"Thank you for allowing me to come to the event today. I will be joining the network.\r\nI was so impressed by your personal approach and your professionalism in running the event and your husband did a great job as well.\r\n","contact":"Geoff Robertshaw","position":"Owner","logo":"\/"},{"region":"sb","company":"Hornsby's","website":"http:\/\/www.hornsbytravel.co.uk\/","testimonial":"It's a great group to part of!","contact":"Nick Hornsby","position":"Director","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"Voodoo Agency Ltd","website":"www.voodooagency.com","testimonial":"You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to. ","contact":"Simon Cocker","position":"Founder","logo":null},{"region":"ex","company":"WBW Solicitors LLP","website":"www.wbw.co.uk","testimonial":"Probably best networking event I have been too and I have attended a fair few.","contact":"Sarah Summers","position":"Dispute Resolution Solicitor","logo":null},{"region":"sm","company":"Federation Of Small Businesses","website":"https:\/\/join.fsb.org.uk\/ma\/13300088","testimonial":"I joined The Business Network South Manchester several years ago and when the opportunity came up to buy the group I jumped at the opportunity as the members had helped me so much with my business.","contact":"Simon Edmondson","position":"Membership Advisor","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/11_4788.png"},{"region":"no","company":"Spring Rites Speaking Skills","website":"www.springrites.co.uk","testimonial":"This Network is as good as it gets. Hosted by the wonderful Helen Bennett it offers all kinds of businesses excellent network opportunities as well as support from Helen. The network lunches are always a positive experience and for me personally they have provided me with many new clients - and indeed friends.","contact":"Maggie Ford","position":"Director","logo":"images\/members\/logos\/5_2272.jpg"},{"region":"lc","company":"Kingsbrook UK Ltd","website":"www.bcms.co.uk ","testimonial":"What is clearly apparent about The Business Network is that, unlike so many other networking groups and events that I have attended, you take an active role in connecting your members where you see there is an opportunity. \r\nTypically these networking events are organised, payments are collected from the delegates and the delegates are then left to get on with the networking themselves. Not with The Business Network! This is clearly a differentiator and I'm both surprised and delighted by the level of attention you give to your members, in particular to identifying those potential relationships that could benefit members and making the connections for us where we haven't already had the chance to connect.\r\n","contact":"Luke Rebbettes","position":"Director\r\n","logo":null},{"region":"no","company":"CSRB Ltd","website":"www.csrb.co.uk ","testimonial":"Thank you for the wonderful May online event that I attended. This was a very well run, engaging, and supportive event and made me proud to be part of The Business Network. Congratulations Helen to you and the team!","contact":"Chris Burn","position":"Managing Director\r\n","logo":"\/images\/members\/logos\/5_6292.png"}]
The Business Network lunches attract high quality attendees and the organisers put a great deal of effort into understanding the kind of contacts that each member is looking to make. The result is that more often than not you find yourself sitting with other members with whom there is genuine scope for you to do business with, making the experience both enjoyable and very worthwhile.
Nick Clarke
Aaron & Partners Llp
I happily renewed my membership with The Business Network South Manchester yesterday hosted by Simon & Win. Why? It's structured, director level networking which works for me and the kind of businesses I want to be introduced to. Plus there's an amazing extended network I have access to... With a couple of contacts i have met in the group we're working on developing what will be the biggest production project of my career so far. Renewing was a bit of a no-brainer....
Ben Schmidt
Pixel Assist
It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.
Stephen Singer
Infralogics Limited
I use business networking extensively to build new business and so I come across all types of Networking Companies. To say that Helen Bennett's Business Network stands head and shoulders above the rest is only telling it how it is. The format is excellent and relaxing which get the best out of everyone and the added bonus is Helen's personality and attention to detail. I can heartily recommend Business Network.
Moray Newberry
Monitor Creative
This network is the best I have ever attended. The combination of Hayley and Tracy brings a certain magic to the group. Tracy is a fabulous connector and Hayley a fabulous organiser. During Covid-19 the network has, dare I say it, got even better! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, netwalking and more. I know the members of the network better than before 2020 and although I can't wait to get back to lunch at The Chester Grosvenor, I hope we can continue with many of the other ways of connecting.
Julia Worthington
Amber Coaching for Fundraisers
I can't believe it's been a year already! I have nothing but praise for the Chester Network and the hard work Tracy and Hayley put into it - it shows and I am happy to renew my membership - NOW INTO MY 10TH YEAR ! Having been a member for over 10 years says it all, the network works! It is there to create genuine connections and long term business relationships amongst the members. Not only has the network brought in new business for me, it has also been there as a support in times of change and to work out through any dilemmas. I would strongly recommend becoming a member.
Maja Kenney
Maja Kenney
"If you've been going to networking events as long as I have you will have done them all. Ones where it's just you and a woman who does aromatherapy for cats and that one where half an hour in you start to wonder if you've accidentally joined some sort of cult. You know the one where people are deliberately breaking their own toilets just so they have got a referral to give to the plumber. Anyway 10 years ago we went to our first Business Network and we haven't bothered with anything else since. Above all its enjoyable and you meet great people. Out of that business relationships and even friendships grow. The culture is very much "how can I help" rather than "what's in it for me". So all the right ingredients are in place for you to grow your network of contacts and grow your business. And it works"
Ted Flanagan
Gosschalks Solicitors
Over the years I have been to many types of business networks including sector targeted events, however I now choose to only go to one - The Business Network Manchester. This is a coherent, friendly and excellent way to network and offers long lasting relationships. I find its an efficient use of my time and I always look forward to monthly event. Helen is always a great inspiration and ready to offer a helping hand and introductions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the network.
Sarah Carlick
The Athena Programme
" The Business Network in South Manchester is one of the best regular meetings I attend. The atmosphere is extremely friendly, the venues are excellent and the members have a genuine desire to help each other out. Simon and Win provide brilliant leadership and ensure that no one is left out. If you've not networked before, or are a little jaded by the experience, I recommend you try the SMBN."
Chris Moran
JCM Business Solutions
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging the introduction to Sue Brocklehurst of the University of Chester Academies Trust at the last Business Network lunch. Sue was genuinely surprised during the initial introductions to learn of all the services, the members on her table could offer to the Trust. Sue did comment that having received a personal invitation from you inviting her to lunch, she could simply not refuse! I have subsequently emailed Sue and I am hoping that your initial introduction will turn into some real business. Thank as always for your continuing support and assistance.
John Loney
Oliver and Co
I absolutely love the Business Network Chester, it is brimming with inspirational people which makes networking a dream. I always come away with new ideas from the meetings and more importantly I have a network of people to call upon when I need, who I like and trust.
Jo Houlbrook
Houlbrook Physiotherapy
Joining The Business Network was one of the best moves I ever made. Through The Business Network, I have found a number of trusted suppliers and some very good customers. Not only that but the complimentary morning seminars are a valuable source of information on business trends and ideas.
Ian Smith
Winning Tenders Ltd
The Business Network Chester is like a really good casserole. Lots of ingredients, all left to slowly cook and intermingle over a long period of time and as we all know a good casserole is always worth waiting for, and gets better and better, the longer and more slowly it is cooked. So if you are a Fast food kind of person then we are probably not right for you.
Olivia Stefanino
Be Your Own Guru Ltd
A great group of people led by the highly motivational Tracy, ably supported by Hayley. All business leaders need motivation, guidance, the benefit of other local expertise to help them grow. This is exactly what the Chester business network offers.
Stephen Carroll
Investors In Marketing
As a Humber based business it’s important for Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd to network with likeminded business people to extend our network and build up our brand awareness. With this in Mind we joined the South Humber Business Network in 2010 (I think) and gave it 12 months to see if it was for us. We have been members ever since. The group has allowed us to fulfil our initial goal as our network has grown and people have started to recognise our brand. More importantly the we have now picked up new suppliers and clients who we use and rely on and pass their details on to others in our network as trusted connections. The meetings are a place where we can network in a comfortable business like environment with great business people from a diverse range of local/national business’s.
Simon Delaney
Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd.
Thank you for allowing me to come to the event today. I will be joining the network. I was so impressed by your personal approach and your professionalism in running the event and your husband did a great job as well.
Geoff Robertshaw
Geoff Robertshaw
It's a great group to part of!
Nick Hornsby
Hornsby's
You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to.
Simon Cocker
Voodoo Agency Ltd
Probably best networking event I have been too and I have attended a fair few.
Sarah Summers
WBW Solicitors LLP
I joined The Business Network South Manchester several years ago and when the opportunity came up to buy the group I jumped at the opportunity as the members had helped me so much with my business.
Simon Edmondson
Federation Of Small Businesses
This Network is as good as it gets. Hosted by the wonderful Helen Bennett it offers all kinds of businesses excellent network opportunities as well as support from Helen. The network lunches are always a positive experience and for me personally they have provided me with many new clients - and indeed friends.
Maggie Ford
Spring Rites Speaking Skills
What is clearly apparent about The Business Network is that, unlike so many other networking groups and events that I have attended, you take an active role in connecting your members where you see there is an opportunity. Typically these networking events are organised, payments are collected from the delegates and the delegates are then left to get on with the networking themselves. Not with The Business Network! This is clearly a differentiator and I'm both surprised and delighted by the level of attention you give to your members, in particular to identifying those potential relationships that could benefit members and making the connections for us where we haven't already had the chance to connect.
Luke Rebbettes
Kingsbrook UK Ltd
Thank you for the wonderful May online event that I attended. This was a very well run, engaging, and supportive event and made me proud to be part of The Business Network. Congratulations Helen to you and the team!
Chris Burn
CSRB Ltd

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